Dunn has a lot of trade value because he hasn't signed his bigger money deal yet, so I can see him getting traded for a future asset. I could see them losing Sanford or Barbashev and just moving on with life. At some point those guys make bigger money and they become harder to fit within a cap system. But Sundqvist and Scandella are definitely Chief guys.
Cuonzo Martin is not getting fired because his team has been nationally ranked most of the season and it's heading to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years. Given the disaster he inherited -- a 27-68 record the previous three years -- and the competitive challenges of the SEC, his accomplishment is considerable.
The Angels took Fowler because the Cardinals are paying almost his entire salary.
The projections have the Reds, Cards, Cubs and Brewers all around .500. This will come down to which teams add or subtract on the fly, which teams stay the healthiest and which teams find a few internal solutions. These teams were in mutual disarmament mode untl the Cards made the Arenado trade.
Don't have time to look that up. I remember being on the road once covering the Blues in Detroit around Thanksgiving. I went home and ate turkey with the family. The players had a team meal at Motown restaurant and got foot poisoning. Guys played the Red Wings using towels as diapers. The dressing room had to look like the closing scene from "Taxi Driver."
I'd have to give that some thought, but I would have Willie Smith, Doug Smith and Stipanovich on there for sure. Probably Anthony Peeler too to give the team some bite.
Carpenter can play a lot of positions poorly. The outfield work does not thrill him, but that spot might have the most uncertainty -- although several guys would have to fail to open up more than cameo work out there for him.
That's a fair question for the voters.The abuse of performance-enchancing drugs was widely accepted in the industry, so I'd let all those superstars in. The Hall of Fame is loaded with players who used other sorts of chemistry to advance their careers.
Dunn, because he has the potential to be a Top 4 defenseman and such players are far more valuable than Bottom 6 forwards.
First things first -- is he even an everyday player for this team? This we do not know. If he starts 140 games this year, hits .265 with gap power and covers both alleys in the outfield, then, sure, pay him.
There are very few players in that category. Among those very few players we may see more contracts this early in careers because the price for the truly exceptional player only gets greater. Also, look for the next CBA to get players to free agency a year or two quicker.
Binnington is due a massive raise and the salary cap will remain flat for a few more years, The Blues are not likely to lose a high-paid player in the expansion draft and management knows that both Thomas and Kyrou will start earning real money soon.
I see Kyrou progressing in so many ways. Not only is he fast up the ice on the rush, he's quick on the puck on the offensive zone. He has 30-goal potential but he will need playing time and especially power-play time to get there. I believe he will earn that as he matures as a player.
That team could just keep adding. They intend to compete with the Dodgers, a team that Vegas sees as a 100-victory team. So I see the Padres doing what has to be done to try to keep up.
The Cardinals are interested in Odorizzi, but they are not interesting in a bidding war. The stated goal is to play with a lower payroll this year and they can meet that goal thanks to creative financing with the Arenado deal. But otherwise their 2021 budget is largely spent. For now putting 10 or 11 incumbents in the mix for five rotation slot makes sense.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals paid him a premium to play center field and hit leadoff. He didn't hold up doing either -- and that;s why the contract became harder and harder to justify.
The name is growing on me. The weirdness of it seems to fit Seattle.
And if you want old school, John Brown and Al Eberhard.